There is a Jewish tradition observed at the end of each Shabbat that signifies the beginning of a new week in which a cup is filled with wine until it overflows onto a saucer set beneath it. The spilling of the wine signifies the desire for Shabbat blessings to overflow into the coming week and for prosperity. The cup may represent the needs of the family while the overflowing wine represents the blessings God has provided for the family’s needs as well as an excess to care for others outside of the family.
Is your cup overflowing? Have you been blessed with enough to care for your immediate family’s needs yet your cup overflows? The early church was given to caring first for their families and also to helping each other:
“But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show piety at home and to repay their parents; for this is good and acceptable before God…. But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. If any believing man or woman has widows, let them relieve them, and do not let the church be burdened, that it may relieve those who are really widows” [who have no family to care for them] (I Timothy 5:4, 8, NKJV).
“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common….Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need” (Acts 4:32 &34-35, NKJV).
Followers of Christ today are still led by these same principles – to care for their families, to share their possessions with each other, and to care for those whose needs risk being unmet. Do you desire to share in this way? Do you want to bless others with the excess you have been given? Our mission is to serve the outcast, the downtrodden, the motherless, and the widow. Many organizations already exist that are serving these needs, but still gaps exist in their ministries – most know of needs they are unable to fulfill.
There is more these organizations could do if we come alongside them. Our purpose is to connect you with opportunities to support these expanding ministries with your time, talent, money, and resources. Our desire is to help meet the needs of the oppressed and downtrodden, to encourage Christ followers to serve to the best of their abilities, and to raise up a generation who not only talks the talk but also walks the walk. James said, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22, NIV). We pray that you will feel led to explore the ways in which God would have you to support the work of Christ in our day.